§ Mr. Marlow
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list, for the last eight three-monthly periods, the number of vacancies in each of the Armed Services and overall for the Armed Forces.
§ Mr. Pattie
It is not the practice to give detailed information about the Armed Forces manpower requirements. In 1979–80 we recruited 50,652 United Kingdom service personnel and are looking to do even better this year in our continuing efforts to make good the shortfall on planned strength.